Harlem’s median income has almost tripled since 2000, per a Times report today, so it’s about time the neighborhood got its own speakeasy (or speakcheesy? Click on the slideshow and you decide!). Owner Karl Franz Williams (also proprietor of Society Café) says his latest venture, 67 Orange Street, is inspired by Almack’s Dance Hall, which was at that address in the 1840s when it was one of the first black-owned bars in the city. Appropriately, Williams has enlisted a trailblazing black female mixologist, Kali Irwin (who also tends bar at Le Poisson Rouge), to come up with $13 drinks incorporating ingredients like a cynar artichoke aperitif, rhubarb syrup, and of course that purportedly trendy spirit, pisco (it should be noted: Irwin is not above busting out the banana liqueur and whipped cream). There are also small plates priced at under $11 (see photos of the honey-glazed short ribs and mini chicken drumsticks), a raw bar, and a private dining room downstairs.
67 Orange Street, 2082 Frederick Douglass Blvd., nr. 113th St.; 212-662-2030